Philadelphia Eagles shouldn’t forget about Greg Ward in 2021

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The 2020 football season was tough on the Philadelphia Eagles franchise and their passionate fans. A season riddled with injuries, below-average play, and week-to-week drama acted as a black cloud over the City of Brotherly Love. Needless to say, the rollercoaster that was 2020 couldn’t have ended quickly enough.

Up until now, fans have had tons to complain about. Their team has been a mess with no real end to the nightmare in sight. Yes, things have been bad, and something needs to change. It needs to be stated though. There is hope.

Thing’s aren’t all bad for the Philadelphia Eagles.

While times have been dark for the Philadelphia Eagles, there have been a few bright-spots that this franchise can hang its hat on. One of those has been the surprise emergence of wideout Greg Ward, the five-foot-eleven 190-pound veteran that shined when he was finally given his shot.

A former quarterback at the University of Houston, Ward has been a nice find for the front office. Despite being signed and released multiple times, Ward never wavered from his dream, and now, he sits on the Eagles’ roster as the most dependable receiver Philly has.

Ward has become a true go-to player in big moments, particularly on third downs and in the red zone. In 2020, Ward reached career highs in receptions (53), yards (419), and touchdowns (six). While those numbers aren’t anything to write home about, you can most certainly see the amazing progression for a player who’s just two years into a new position.

The Philadelphia Eagles need to keep Greg Ward on the roster.

An exclusive-rights free agent (ERFA) this offseason, Ward is someone Philly is in prime position to retain if they choose to do so. The front office needs to do right by the rising star and give him the long-term deal he has obviously earned.

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The Birds have a quarterback conundrum they need to get figured out, but whoever they decide to roll with, having a player with Greg Ward’s skillset and drive will only help this team’s progression moving forward. He’s been an underrated playmaker that the Philadelphia Eagles can continue to lean on.